Wife waits a year to graduate with husband


  • Education
  • Sunday, 22 Dec 2019

(Left) Ng and Sim smiling proudly with their MBA scrolls in hand on their graduation day at SEGi University Kota Damansara.

WHEN Sim Cheng Wui and Catherine Ng made a decision to pursue their postgraduate studies four years ago, they were confident of backing each other up morally, emotionally, mentally and intellectually.

After a brief “course shopping” online and at education fairs, both husband and wife decided to pursue their Master of Business Administration (General Management) through the Professional and Continuing Education or PACE channel offered by SEGi University Online.

Things were going well in the beginning, especially since the programme had flexible study options like weekend classes and an online application that allowed them to learn independently.

They were able to bounce ideas off each other and strengthen their research findings from different perspectives.

Ng’s pregnancy became the motivating factor that pushed her to complete her thesis just on time for her delivery last year. Sim, however, was unable to catch up due to his heavy work schedule that involved a lot of travelling.

“I do technical sales so my work travel arrangements can be unpredictable, hence the delay in completing my MBA,” said Sim.

When it was time for Ng to graduate in November 2018, she immediately conveyed her decision to postpone her graduation so that she could share that special moment with her husband this year.

“My wife’s decision to postpone her graduation came as a shock initially, but that quickly turned into a motivation that pushed me to complete my programme and submit my thesis as soon as possible,” said Sim, 38.

The two recently received their MBA scrolls along with over 900 graduates from various programmes at the SEGi University convocation ceremony held at the Kota Damansara campus last month.

Sim, who scored a CGPA of 3.92 was elated as he shared this joyous moment with his wife who also graduated at the top of her class.

“With both our jobs, the baby in between and us moving into a new place, we decided that we’d take our time to complete this programme as we wanted to do this for our own self-development,” said Ng, a 36-year-old banker.

She added that their families and friends, while surprised at the beginning, ended up being supportive of her move to postpone her graduation and wait for Sim.

“I just wanted to share this precious moment with my husband. We made this decision together so it felt right to complete it together,” she added.

For Ng and Sim, the MBA was meant to widen their knowledge and skills in the field of general management so that they are able to perform better at their respective workplaces.

Sim also expressed hope that the qualification could pave the way for him to start his own business in the near future so that he could provide a better future for his family.

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